About the Podcast

The Seek Learning podcast brings the best educational research from the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University into the homes and lives of Latter-day Saints. Each episode features an interview with a different scholar to learn about education and how it can help Latter-day Saints in their professions, homes, and gospel living. The podcast is sponsored by the BYU Latter-day Saint Educators Society.

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"How Faith Plays Into Mental Health"

Episode 17

Timothy Smith, PhD- Professor, Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Brigham Young University

As much as we'd like to believe that it's all about doing what we can individually, we actually need to look at contexts and relationships. And where faith comes in, is the recognition that we are all interdependent. The very assertion that we can do it ourselves is actually against the notion of faith."


“Using Technology to Help Children with Autism"

Episode 16

Ryan Kellems, PhD- Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Brigham Young University

I think it’s just a matter of looking at and knowing the child—whether you’re a parent, whether you’re a grandparent, or an educator—and really taking the time to find out what (that) child’s strengths are. How do we build upon those strengths to give them a meaningful life?”


“Partnering to Improve Education and Educators”

Episode 15

Gary Seastrand, PhD - Associate Clinical Professor, Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling

"One of our basic principles is the notion that we prepare young people to become future citizens in our community, and state nation, and...they learn how to share or how to respect each other or how to take responsibility for their own behavior."


“Lessons Learned Worldwide and in Your Local Classroom”

Episode 14

Donald Baum, PhD - Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Foundations, Brigham Young University

 “When we're talking about (early childhood) education, it's not just the academic, it's not just the cognitive learning that's taking place….One of the key priorities is that students are developing social skills, they're developing emotionally in ways that we would like them to. That requires a lot of interaction with other students.”



“How to Engage Your Students or Children? Blended Learning”

Episode 13

Charles Graham, PhD - Professor, Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University

“The new normal is going to be a blended environment where teachers, and schools, and parents, have a toolbox that includes in-person learning options, as well as online learning options, and sometimes a mix of the two. . . .If teachers and parents are not trained, and don't have some understanding of how to make the online learning space effective, it's not going to be as effective.”